SINGLE & SATISFIED
What Does It Mean to Be Single?
Although certain sects within Judaism encouraged remaining unmarried in order to foster devotion to God, it was certainly not typical behavior in the culture into which Jesus was born more than 2,000 years ago. Yet He was not the only one who, for whatever reason, was unmarried and yet lived a fulfilled and productive life. The single life is a special life that offers special opportunities and has special meaning for those who choose it—or for those who choose to accept th eir unmarried state with contentment. As the apostle Paul said about his singleness,
“I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.”
1 Corinthians 7:7
- The word single means “consisting of a separate, unique whole” (an individual).
- Single suggests being exclusively attentive (an undivided heart).
- The word single comes from the Latin word singulus, which means “one only.”
“She showed single devotion to her religion. To those whose views are single and direct, it is a great comfort to have to do business with frank and honorable minds.”
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“Be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’”